This division includes Economic Development, Brownfields and Environmental Programs, Homelessness, Human Services, Housing, and Public Improvements.
Working with local and economic development organizations and lenders, the City and County may provide lower-interest rate loans as gap funding to assist businesses with start-up and expansion efforts that create jobs for primarily low- to moderate-income households based on HUD income guidelines.
Since 1998, the City of Missoula has provided grants and loans to cleanup contaminated land called Brownfields to encourage redevelopment of those properties to the benefit of the community. As of 2015, the City is also able to provide grants to assess properties for potential contaminants. The City and County also support energy-efficient building and office practices, while developing initiatives to support conservation throughout the community.
Homelessness and At Risk Housing Coalition (ARHC)
Missoula has more homeless families and individuals than any other community in Montana. Staff coordinate the At-Risk Housing Coalition, which works to address homelessness in our community and to connect citizens in need with available resources and services.
Over 75% of Missoulians cannot afford to buy a median-priced home in Missoula today. Housing programs administered by GCP assist low- and moderate-income residents by constructing new homes and rental units, buying land, rehabilitating homes that need repair, and providing homebuyer education and homeowner counseling.
Community Services (Community Assistance Fund Program)
Low to moderate income households may receive a variety of public services such as emergency food, childcare, health services, and youth and family services. These types of services plus projects that have a particular urgency are funded by Missoula County through the CAF program administered by the Department of Grants and Community Programs staff. Staff administer County funding on behalf of local agencies and coordinate activities with other agencies to establish a common understanding of basic needs assistance and to connect at-risk citizens with available services. Please see the page for Funding Opportunities available to non-profit organizations and governmental agencies.
Public Improvement projects include community infrastructure such as the construction on of curbs, sidewalks, parks, safe drinking water systems, and wastewater collection and treatment. Projects also include the construction or rehabilitation of facilities for persons with special needs, homeless shelters, transitional housing units, group homes, and accessibility modifications for public buildings. Assistance may be available for HUD-eligible households.